Fox Spring’s Day Camp Director Rebekah “B’ha” oversees all camp activities and logistics for the Day Camp by Community – but her favorite part is seeing campers and Program Aides (PAs) grow leading up to and during the week of camp.
Camps, like all Girl Scout activities, are girl-led. As PAs, teen Girl Scouts in grades 7-8 lead younger campers and encourage them to get out of their comfort zone and try new things.
“Our camp is girl-led with adult help instead of adult-run with PA help. The PAs do a lot of work during the camp week make camp fun for Girl Scouts and seeing them grow into the role is always exciting,” said Rebekah “B’ha.”
As PAs grow into their role, Fox Springs has a few key traditions to help them celebrate. Third-year PAs receive t-shirts with their camp name painted, and graduating seniors who have spent at least five years at the camp get a camp chair with their camp name on it! Many PAs and volunteers – including Rebekah “B’ha” – say that camp is a home away from home.
“Girl Scout camp has given me a place to practice leadership skills, become more confident, make the world a better place, and make new friends – while keeping the old,” said Rebekah “B’ha.”
Day Camps by Community are volunteer-led – and that means you! Having a community of strong and positive adult role models at camp ensures the growth and success of our campers. Be one of them! Every camper attending a Day Camp by Community must commit an adult to volunteer at camp for at least one day for the camper to attend. Adult volunteers will assist with scheduled activities while building campers’ courage, confidence, and character.
Teen Girl Scouts are also needed! Teen Girl Scouts encourage younger campers to get out of their comfort zones and try new things. Girl Scouts in grades 7-8 work with adult mentors to fine tune their leadership skills as Program Aides (PAs). Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 can master their skills by leading activities or a unit as Counselors-in-Training (CITs).
Learn more about camp here!